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Warning lights versus gauges?

I am about to buy new AAW wiring harnesses for my engine compartment. There are several splices and a few missing connectors, etc. Basically it is showing it's age and I want a new fresh look.

(Sometime down the road I plan to install a gauge package in the floor console and put a factory tach in the dash.)

I want to go ahead install a new engine harness and front headlight harness now. Since I currently have warning lights, will it be necessaryto get the warning light harness or can I go ahead and get the gauge harness?

I looked at the AIM and I couldn't see any differences in the wiring diagram. Obviously I am missing something or there wouldn't be two diffrent harnesses to pick from.

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Re: Warning lights versus gauges?

On the engine side there's not a huge difference. Inside the car however a gauge pack car does not have wires running to the dummy lights.

If you went with the non-gauge harness now all you'd have to do once you put in gauges would be:
-Run two wires for the amp gauge (really a volt gauge)
-Install new coolant temp sensor and run the wire to the gauge instead of dummy light
-Remove the oil sensor switch, safety the wire, and instead install the tube for the gauge.

The wiring is so easy I wouldn't even bother with a new dash harness. Tach only needs power and ground jumpered from the fuel gauge using a little wire and a couple female spades and then the coil feed.

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Re: Warning lights versus gauges?

Steiner,

Thanks for the reply. You went a bit over my head, but I'm sure it'll be clearer once I dig into this project.

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Re: Warning lights versus gauges?

If running an oil pressure guage it sure can't hurt to wire up a warning light too. I've been meaning to do so for over 40 years but I run a BBC. Why bother?

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If running an oil pressure guage it sure can't hurt to wire up a warning light too. I've been meaning to do so for over 40 years but I run a BBC. Why bother?
True enough Fred - why put a warning light on a boat anchor?


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True enough Fred - why put a warning light on a boat anchor?
LOL!!! NOW IT STARTS.

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Oh crap.


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Re: Warning lights versus gauges?

I have both warning lights and gauge clusters for oil and Temp
Temp
The std temp..either went to the left head or by the thermostat....which doesnt matter.
I have the temp gauge connected to the varable restitor sensor in the valley cover next to the thermstat housing...runing the wire under the top hose.
The warning light to a on /off sensor in the head.

Oil
I have a 'T' just behind the dizzy where the oil light and or oil line to the oil gauge scrws into the block....off the T is the on /off sensor for the oil light and the capiary tube for the oil pressure gauge.

Warning lights come on, gets ones attention immediately if something goes wrong...Red Light Stop right?
With gauges, something goes wrong...well one doesnt watch them all the time on a trip..AND if getting up around 130mph or hammering thru a winding road one doent get time to read gauges.

Quote:
Since I currently have warning lights, will it be necessaryto get the warning light harness or can I go ahead and get the gauge harness?
The factory loom under the dash, be it a gauge cluster car or not, has built into it where one can hook the gauge cluster loom straight in....think they did that to make things easier on the production lines???

I have only fitted the cluster gauges in once and a friends car...the gauge cluster from Classics think they came from , came with the requires loom AND full wiring diagrams.
The only real tricky bit was a new wire for the ameter from the cluster..from memory , to the battery... and sorting the grounds behind the cluster.

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